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Incinerator Art Award: Art for Social Change

Call for entries open in April

The Incinerator Art Award is our annual contemporary art award, inspired by the theme art for social change, with a total non-acquisitive prize pool of $14,000 including:

First prize $10,000

Second prize $3,000

People’s Choice Award $1,000


The Incinerator Art Award pays homage to the legacy of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin who believed that art and architectural practices are ethical enterprises that should aim to bring about positive social change.

Open to all visual art forms, the award welcomes submissions from artists who interrogate contemporary culture with practices that either overtly engage with activism, or that operate in more subtle ways to advocate for social change.

The award will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.

Works will be selected based on their artistic merit and their relationship to the theme of the award; 'Art for Social Change'.

2019 Judges

Tom Mosby is the CEO of the Koorie Heritage Trust and is on the Board of Directors of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Tom has a Bachelor of Applied Science in the Conservation of Cultural Materials and a Bachelor of Laws. As a conservator, Tom worked in the AGWA and the NGV. He was the lead curator of the first survey exhibition of contemporary Torres Strait art and culture which was launched at the Cairns Regional Gallery in 1997. He also curated the Torres Strait Islander Project in 2011, a collaboration between the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Queensland Museum. Tom worked at the State Library of Queensland as the Executive Manager, Indigenous Research and Projects and has also had a successful career at law.

Madé Spencer-Castle is an interdisciplinary curator and arts programmer based in Naarm/Melbourne, who currently holds the position of Curator, Exhibitions at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP). Prior to this, Madé was Gallery Curator at Bus Projects (2015–18), was a founder and co-Director of DUDSPACE (2012–15), and served as a Committee Member at KINGS Artist-Run (2012–15). Madé has developed curatorial projects for SPRING1883, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Bus Projects, Sydney Contemporary, West Space, and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Recent curatorial projects include ‘Why Take Pictures?’ and ‘Image Reader’, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2019); 'Queer Economies' co-curated with Abbra Kotlarczyck, presented with Midsumma Festival in association with Abbotsford Convent, Bus Projects and Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2019); ‘Architecture Makes Us: Cinematic Visions of Sonia Leber and David Chesworth’, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2018), touring to University of New South Wales Galleries, Sydney (2019) and Griffith University Museum of Art, Brisbane (2019); and 'In Bloom', co-curated with Jeremy Eaton, SPRING1883 Art Fair, The Hotel Windsor (2018).

Dr Kate Just is an established artist who works with sculpture, installation, neon, textiles and photography to produce contemporary art works that promote feminist representations of the body and experience. Specific to Just’s practice is the use of knitting as an engaging sculptural medium and an unwitting political tool. In addition to her highly crafted solo artworks, Just often works socially and collaboratively within the community to create large scale, public projects that tackle significant social issues including sexual harassment and violence against women.
Kate holds a PhD in Sculpture from Monash University, a Master of Arts from RMIT University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Victorian College of the Arts. Just’s practice led PhD in Sculpture, The Texture of Her Skin, won the Mollie Hollman Doctoral Medal in 2013. Just has been a Lecturer in Art at the Victorian College of the Arts since 2005, and in 2017 was appointed as The Head of Graduate Coursework.

Key dates in 2020

Entries open: Wednesday, 1 April
Entries close: midnight, Thursday, 30 April
Opening night: Friday, 28 August, 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition dates: 29 August – 1 November


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